Bahaa Taher (Egypt) was born in Giza, Greater Cairo, in , to Upper Egyptian parents from the village of Karnak, Luxor. He holds postgraduate diplomas in. Bahaa Taher was born in Cairo, Egypt. He was active in the country’s left-wing literary circles of the s and in the mid s was prevented from publishing . Bahaa Taher was born , in Giza (Greater Cairo), to parents from the Karnak village in the Luxor governorate, Upper Egypt. He graduated from the literature.

Author: Tojakazahn Kataur
Country: Nigeria
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Literature
Published (Last): 24 January 2017
Pages: 418
PDF File Size: 8.19 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.21 Mb
ISBN: 286-9-97315-539-8
Downloads: 99806
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Akigore

The prize will change that. Taher is co-founder of the opposition Kifaya movement, which was founded in by intellectuals tahwr campaigned for political change and against the rule of Hosni Mubarak. He was sacked in After attending Cairo University, he helped found Cairo Radio’s cultural programme inmeeting Naguib Mahfouz the Nobel laureate among other writers, and producing radio drama, from Greek tragedy to Samuel Beckett.

His father was an Arabic school teacher who died when Taher, the youngest of eight, was In the mid-sixties he published his first prose. Taher was spurred by the invasion of Iraq, which he vehemently opposed, to explore earlier occupations, of Egypt by Britain, and of Berber lands by Egyptian Arabs. Bahaa Taher was sacked as a radio journalist in Egypt in the s and driven into exile. That’s how they won 88 seats.

Bahaa Taher: Of Hope and Remembrance

Yet to preclude interference, even the baaa of the six judges, chaired by the London-based Iraqi author Samuel Shimon, was kept secret until baahaa shortlist was announced in January. Series; Matbu’at al-Jadid, 7 Cairo; Dar Shahdi li-l-Nashr, His first collection of stories, Al Khotouba The Engagement had invoked, according to Sabri Hafez, “an extremely strange, nightmarish world, which is nevertheless presented in very ordinary language, as if its strangeness were neither surprising nor lamentable”.

In Egypt, where state interference in artistic activity ranges from the subtle to the brutally manipulative, the creative voice has been bwhaa with extinction, and with it, the values of a culture renowned for its longevity and ability to survive against the odds. I can’t see a society, just individuals.


Bahaa Taher

Sadat, like Nasser, did not take kindly to critique. One of the most respected living writers in the Arab world, he has written six novels three translated into Englishfour short-story collections, plays and non-fiction – though none has been published in Britain. I couldn’t write for newspapers or translate.

When I met him in Cairo in January, he was a heavy smoker. Inhe published his first short story. The stories in Zahabtu ila Shallal are far from being complacent variations on raher themes. He had an idea. It was written as violent clashes between Baaha and Copts were erupting in Upper Egypt, and its vision of harmony angered parts of both communities. Taher, who believes “women in tahee country are still not free because men are not free”, was very close to an elder sister, a social worker who died in For the author, the award has a credibility that others lack.

Now 75 years old, Taher recently withdrew from Kifayya to concentrate on writing.

In he chose to leave for Geneva to work as a translator for the United Nations. The protagonist of the book is a nationalist Egyptian police officer who suffers from an existential crisis. Though Taher’s fiction often reveals catastrophic misconceptions between Europe and the Arab world, he says, “I never thought a character could reflect a whole culture, or a ‘clash of civilisations’. Sadat said, ‘Those not with me are against me. Sunset Oasis reflects his frustration at Egypt’s stagnation under Hosni Mubarak, president since Sadat’s assassination in and now poised to hand power to his son Gamal.

Bahaa was active in the left-wing and avant-garde literary circles of the s and was one of the writers of the Gallery 68 movement.

They think, if we can’t change the world with Marxism or nationalism, we can change it with religious ideas. Bahaa Taher was born in in Giza. The peaceful coexistence bagaa Muslims and Christians is threatened when a young Muslim is given sanctuary in a Christian monastery. I realized that people have lost their belief in intellectual leadership.

The USA is still very racist. If it is true that poets are the nation’s conscience, what is the fate of a nation that forgets its poets? On a trip to Luxor last month, he was gratified to find it had been spared Muslim-Copt tensions, a benefit, he believes, of its constant stream of visitors. Following the lives of three generations of Egyptians, the story is set against the background of a rapidly changing emotional and physical landscape.


Taher came of age in the confusing aftermath, with its political purges, as part of the left-leaning “generation of the 60s”, writing experimental fiction. It’s when you don’t know the other that you’re afraid. Isolated by the surrounding vastness of the desert, the oases and its inhabitants are a microcosm of competing attitudes. In Love in Exile, the journalist is dismayed to see his son embrace political Islam.

Bahaa Taher – IMDb

In Taher’s view, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood – the strongest opposition, with a fifth of seats in the assembly – thrives “because all other ideologies have collapsed, and people can’t live without hope. In a sensitive, often imaginatively distorted portrayal he illustrates the changing relations between Copts and Muslims in a village not far from Luxor.

Taher refers to the growing presence at that time of foreign investment in Tahher and above all, a new consumerism that ignited desires for things most people could not afford. While initially focussing on everyday events, the narrative soon takes unexpectedly tragic twists and turns. While abroad, he followed Egyptian affairs closely, noting the growing gap between rich and poor, Muslim and Christian. The novel probes the possible motivations behind this bizarre act of vandalism.

The Prague Writers Festival is proud to host the author this year, and to celebrate a body of work that is both compellingly entertaining and profoundly humane. Archives Texts Articles Taner Taher: He studied history and literature among other subjects at the University of Cairo. Even though an vahaa allows the protagonist to temporarily forget his family troubles and a professional dispute, the occupation of Lebanon and the subsequent shock of the massacres at Sabra and Shatila have an impact on the intimate relationship.

Yet tahsr average citizens become involved, the movement of a minority elite will lead to nothing.